Panasonic HC-V180 vs Zoom Q8

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Panasonic HC-V180
Zoom Q8

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a digital zoom of 500x, however the Zoom Q8 is only a 4x (digital) camcorder (496x smaller). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

1,705mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is 1,740mm maximum focal length, but the Zoom Q8 is only a 35mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,705mm shorter).
13% higher battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a battery capacity of 1,940mAh, however the Zoom Q8 is only a 1,700mAh battery camcorder (240mAh lower).
49g lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a weight of 211g, whereas the Zoom Q8 is a 260g weight camcorder (49g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Cheaper by $112
The Panasonic HC-V180 is $112.01 cheaper than the Zoom Q8.
2 Reasons For
0.49MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 3MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 is only a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.49MP smaller). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Available from 11 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is only 2.51MP sensor. That's 0.49MP smaller than the Zoom Q8 (3MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HC-V180 is only stocked by 4 shops, but the Zoom Q8 is stocked by 15 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
5 Reasons Against
One hundred and twenty-four times smaller digital zoom Edit
Zoom Q8 is only 4x (digital). That's 496x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V180 (4x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Significantly shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 35mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 1,705mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (35mm).
Lower battery capacity Edit
Zoom Q8 is only 1,700mAh battery. That's 240mAh lower than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1,700mAh).
19% heavier Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 260g weight camcorder. That's 49g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V180 (260g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

$112 more expensive
The Zoom Q8 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V180 by $112.01.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP 3MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
1.67MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
500x
BEST
4x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,740mm
BEST
35mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 1740 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.06 - 103 Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Shutter Speed (photo)
1/2 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1/25 – 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
1lx Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

LED Indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicators
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 848 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 848 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
BEST
 4224 x 2376

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
 AAC++
 WAV
 AAC++
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital
BEST
 Dolby Digital

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Life (max)
1.25h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
3.6V 4.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh
BEST
1,700mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
211g
BEST
260g
Height
59mm 69mm
Depth
116mm 158mm
Width
53mm 48mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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